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Marty Smith, University Park (Illinois) Golf Club

John Reitman


Who says you cant go home again?


Marty Smith of University Park Golf Club. Photo by Daily SouthtownMarty Smith spent the past 12 years as superintendent of University Golf Club south of Chicago until the city-owned course closed last November. He returned in June when Billy Casper Golf took over the management contract on the course that had fallen into disrepair since it closed.


Renamed University Park Golf Club, the course is scheduled to reopen this week


Casper has a large footprint in the Chicago area. With a portfolio of more than 150 courses nationwide, Casper manages nearly 30 courses in Illinois, at least 17 of which are in the Chicago area.


When Smith returned to the course in June, grass in the roughs was tall, really tall, as high as 3 feet in some places.

The club had targeted a Labor Day weekend grand reopening, but that was delayed thanks to rainfall totals of 4-5 inches in August in the Chicago area.



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